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Quinta do Rio Touro
Caminho do Rio Touro, Azoia 2705.001 , Portugal   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Azoia B&B and Inns
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“Everything you hope for is there!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2010

We hoped for a special place, and found something even better. Gabriela and Fernando were the warmest and most gracious of hosts. The setting is magical. The rambling home is the very image of old world beauty and charm. The rooms are beautiful and the furnishings are their equal. Our rooms were the Azenha Suite, beautifully furnished, with our windows and our own private terrace looking out over the gardens and the swimming pool. Breakfast was memorable with local organic eggs and cheeses, and fresh fruit from the garden. Everything that is wonderful about the Sintra area without the crowds....... We stayed just 2 nights. You should stay longer!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

A lovely old Quinta hidden away near Azoia. We stumbled across it on our honeymoon (which we had to change due to the ashcloud) and loved it. They gave us the suite in the old library, which was fantastic.

The owners were lovely and full of advice for the continuation of our trip and for things to do in the area.

I thoroughly recommend this place

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2010

We stayed in the Quinta for six days in early April and cannot recommend it highly enough. Gabriela and Fernando have created a wonderful farm and home for themselves and their guests, and it was a delight to enjoy their hospitality at the Quinta.
The location of the Quinta is excellent, just off a fairly decent road that runs from Sintra to Cascais, but in the middle of countryside with beautiful views. The track down to the Quinta itself is fine to drive - have to do some reversing if you meet another car but we never did and in fact I enjoyed several very pleasant walks along the track. There's a really good bar / restaurant within about five minutes walk from the Quinta. The bar is suprisingingly cool and I'd imagine fairly lively at night (unfortunately didn't get to see it). There are other good restaurants just a little further away that wouldn't require a car.
We stayed in the guesthouse (Limao and Lima) and found the accomodation perfect. The furnishings were very comfortable and attractive and while the days were warm we really appreciated the log fire in the evenings (which was lit for us while we were out on our first night so we'd have a cosy home to return to after the evening meal). The cooking facilities were fine, good fridge & preparation area with all necessary utensils. We didn't use the hob but I think it may have been a 2 or 3 ring rather than full size. The upstairs terrace has a good table & six chairs for outdoor eating. It's also ideal for yoga / pilates (possibly the best view I've had while practising).
The swimming pool is beautifully sited and very relaxing. We had it to ourselves for the six days and swam a bit, although given that it was early April it was a slightly chilly experience - would imagine it's heaven from May onwards. Re. TV I didn't locate anything English language and child-friendly on the satellite so if you've got children perhaps bring a portable dvd player for evenings, but it should be added that board games were available which kept our 10 year old amused.
The beds were really comfortable and housekeeping each day was faultless. It was lovely to lie in bed each morning and just look out at the green view. And overall the accommodation was very private, with the upstairs terrace completely so – we were on our own at the Quinta for most of the week but I think other guests staying wouldn't have impinged on us in any way.
Breakfast was possibly the best we've had anywhere and included honey and fruit produced on the farm - excellent strawberries and Portuguese bananas in particular!
The Quinta is a really lovely place and perfect for any holiday. But the absolutely best thing about it are the hosts, Gabriela and Fernando. We had a car-related problem at the start of the week and they went far out of their way to help us. And throughout our stay they provided very many small kindnesses - a walking stick when needed, a yoga mat when mentioned in passing and much more. We were always very glad to see them and through their friendliness and advice they enhanced our holiday greatly. They really are the essence of hospitality and personally provide a tremendous example of how to live after “retirement”. Very many thanks to them for facilitating such a pleasant holiday.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Spain
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2009

This was our second visit to Quinta do Rio Touro, and I hope there will be a third before too long. Like last year, we stayed in a suite with our two small children, and it was difficult to find any faults at all.
Total peace, beautiful house and perfect garden for kids, and delightful service. You could travel many miles and spend a lot of euros before you find anything else quite so right!
The location is also ideal with beaches (less than 10 min drive), walks and picnics in the forest, and visits to Sintra and Cascais (and even a day out by train to the superb aquarium on the site of Lisbon's Expo).

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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algarve
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2009

Breathing the serra and feeling the waving ocean. .. this place has the signs of my inner Portugal, not the material one, but the portugal of the “imaginal“ (Corbin), which is very real for me. If you are looking for that kind of roots of this land you will get some answers walking to places like Sintra or the Quinta of Regaleira. Just hear at the voice of the trembling sea and the sound of the wind telling the truth about the lost stone of the “port du gral“. Jeremias saw in his predictions, the land of the messias, the world in Pessoa `s “messages“.
The service and the rooms were very good. I will come back seeking for the images of my land and my people. The real one behind this illusionary Portugal you can see with your outer eyes.

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  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2009

We found this lovely B and B through Alastair Sawday's Special Places and spent 5 days there after a hectic working time in Lisbon. We were so well cared for by our hosts who are the nicest and most cultured people and lets hope one day we can return and go on reading from their extensive library and relaxing by the quiet pool.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lake Placid, NY
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2009

I worked there for a week, and had to leave suddenly because of a family emergency. The lady Maria and the "ambassador" Fernando told me they didn't believe my situation and never even said goodbye. Maria even called the airline to verify my flight to Boston. Horrible people who didn't care about my family situation. And they never even offered their condolences for my family member who is in the hospital. I didn't even get an offer for a ride to the bus stop, 200m up a dirt road. Instead I had to lug my suitcases up the road! Not nice at all to their staff, very rude and extremely rude to people with emergencies.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Caminho do Rio Touro, Azoia 2705.001 , Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Sintra Municipality > Azoia
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Azoia
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quinta do Rio Touro Cosmopolitan and sophisticated atmosphere Ecological environmentOrganic productionThe Quinta has privileged situation on a valley between the Sierra and the Sea and within Sintra/Cascais Natural Park classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Close to the Azóia village and a short drive from Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point in mainland Europe. It is half way between the historic town of Sintra, and the cosmopolitan Estoril/Cascais, yet not far from Lisbon. Quinta do Rio Touro is a family owned bed and breakfast. ... more   less 
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